Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction

Community Oriented Safety Strategies

Community Oriented Safety Strategies 

CBCR emphasizes the role that community members play in keeping neighborhoods safe, and highlights the importance of building collective efficacy and mutual trust between residents and law enforcement to enhance safety in the long term. 

  • Community Capacity: CBCR sites work to increase community and resident engagement in shaping crime prevention and revitalization efforts. This requires organizations to have the ability to bring key leaders together and to jointly plan and execute strategies, independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Collective Efficacy: Neighborhoods are safer when people are willing and able to come together to solve problems and maintain community standards. CBCR supports efforts for neighbors to get to know one another, share their vision for their community, and pursue projects that move toward that vision.
  • Trust and Legitimacy: CBCR efforts seek to enhance the community's perception of the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, while building mutual trust between residents, police officers and other criminal justice officials.
Featured Resource

Authentic community engagement often needs to start with one-on-one interviews with a critical mass of people. “Going back to the engagement drawing board”, an article published by the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, discusses the basics.

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CBCR In Action

In the Bay Area, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and its partners are bringing neighbors together to discuss issues and solve problems on their own terms, and on their own turf.

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